Ellen Mueller

CAA Conversations Podcast Launches

by Ellen Mueller on October 30, 2017, no comments


Hooray! A big project I’ve been working on since last summer has finally launched: The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast. The goal of this project is to continue the vibrant discussions initiated at the annual CAA conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

This week, Valerie Powell, Assistant Professor of Art & the Foundations Coordinator at Sam Houston State University, and Jeffie Brewer, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Stephen F. Austin State University, discuss collaborative student learning using public art projects.

The CAA Conversations Podcast will be posted each Monday to the CAA website. If you already receive CAA News on Wednesday you will automatically receive CAA News Monday. You don’t need to do a thing. If you don’t get the Wednesday newsletter, sign up here for both.

Re-cap of Teaching Social Practice Conference

by Ellen Mueller on October 16, 2017, no comments

Teaching Social Practice Conference

The Teaching Social Practice Conference is now complete, and I was delighted with the turn-out and feedback. Below is a schedule of the presenters along with links to each of their presentations from the live-stream of the event.
[Click the bold times to jump directly to each person’s presentation]

1:37:09 M. Michelle Illuminato // Portland State University
http://michelleilluminato.com/ , https://alfredline.com/ , http://nextquestion.org
—- Presentation: “Going Outside” and The Line project at Alfred University

1:49:01 Amanda Leigh Evans // Artist
—- Presentation: Collaborative life/art in an affordable housing community

1:58:00 Katie Kehoe // VisArts to Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
—- Presentation: Criteria for considering socially engaged art

2:11:40 Marin Abell // Metropolitan State University of Denver
—- Presentation: enhancing awareness, looking more closely, listening as it relates to teaching social practice

2:23:34 Jeff Kasper // Queens College, CUNY
http://jeff-kasper.co/ , http://socialpracticequeens.org/ , http://artdept.qc.cuny.edu/
—- ​Presentation: Action Art: student-led social practice projects in action.

2:43:34 Roz Crews // Artist in Residence at UMASS Dartmouth
—- Activity: facilitating collaborative projects with a classroom of students

3:16:43 Lucia Monge // Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, Nature Lab staff
—- Presentation: interdisciplinary collaboration

3:27:27 Cat Tyc // CUNY (Laguardia, Bronx Community College)
—- Presentation: CONSUME (s) ME project

3:35:39 Sidney Stretz // University of North Carolina Greensboro
—- Presentation: failure in social practice

3:50:54 Karen Gergley // Graceland University
—- Activity: power and privilege in the classroom

4:10:13 Adam Carlin // University of North Carolina Greensboro
http://adamcarlin.us/ , http://greensboroprojectspace.com/
—- Presentation: Methods for creating experiential programs for University content, and how the model of a project space is well suited for a University

4:24:34 Melanie Crean // Parsons School of Design (The New School University)
—- Presentation: social justice curriculum based on visual narrative & performance

4:40:07 Ross Schlemmer // Southern Connecticut State University
—- Presentation: Social Practice and Pedagogical Intervention: Interrupting Conditions of Inequality

4:58:27 Chloë Bass // Queens College, CUNY
http://chloebass.com/ , http://socialpracticequeens.org/ , http://artdept.qc.cuny.edu/
—- Presentation/Activity: building conversational practices (between collaborative partners, within small groups, with people who are “above” us, with community, and with the media)

5:27:32 Molly Sherman // Texas State University
—- Presentation: Collaborative Books and Participatory Publishing

5:49:48 Ruth Burke // Independent Artist
—- Presentation: ethics of navigating communities involving farmers/livestock

5:59:41 ||-|| Jane D. Marsching // Massachusetts College of Art and Design
http://www.janemarsching.com/ , http://www.plotformplot.org/
—- Presentation: Climate communities, resilience, and social practice

6:09:06 ||-|| Carol Padberg // University of Hartford
—- Presentation: Exchange not Extraction: Developing a Practical Ethics of Engagement

6:27:12 ||-|| Emma Colburn and Kristi Oliver
—- Presentation: Summary of the Family Project Space, and invitation to attend pop-up

Contract Signed With Routledge

by Ellen Mueller on August 28, 2017, no comments

Heather Mahoney, “Untitled,” ink and colored pencil – Copy/Synthesize/Morph exercise (copying Ryoko Akoi and Daniel Zeller) for Intermediate Drawing, 4 drawings approximately 8”x10” each, 2010

I’m excited to announce I will be publishing a new textbook, Remixing and Drawing: Sources, Influences, and Styles with Routledge. The contract has been signed, and now the process of wrapping up the text and securing image rights begins! (I’m going to be a little crazy for the rest of the year, just a heads up…)

For this book, remixing is defined as combining various works, or elements of works, to create something new. It introduces students to a wide-ranging timeline of related topics such as appropriation, cultural misappropriation, readymades, collage, photomontage, cut-up method of writing, assemblage, pop art, etc. The goal of the book is to help students understand and execute a comprehensive survey of their own sources, influences, and styles with emphasis on a central repeated assignment: “Copy/Synthesize/Morph” (see sample illustration above).

The content and format of the book is based on a drawing class I have been developing since its first iteration in 2010 (thanks also to classes in 2013 and 2017). I also presented on this subject at the 2014 CAA Conference.

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Residents Exhibit

by Ellen Mueller on August 26, 2017, no comments

KHNC Residents Exhibit

I just learned that one of my works included in the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Permanent Collection will be on display for the next month in Omaha! If you’re in the Nebraska area, please stop by.

The exhibit will feature works by over fifty visual artists and several writers and composers who have spent time creating work at the KHN program in Nebraska City. KHN Director, Holly McAdams Olson, will share a presentation with current KHN artists on Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 7-8 p.m. in the Gallery. The presentation is part of the UNO’s Friends of Art Willson Lecture Series and is also free and open to the public.

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residents Exhibition
August 25-September 28, 2017
Uno Art Gallery
in the Weber Fine Arts Building,
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Appointments are available at other times for individuals and groups. Please call or e-mail to arrange a time.